Michael Vick will take his next snap in the season opener for the Philadelphia Eagles. Who replaces him if he gets hurt again remains a question.
Vick is back at practice after leaving last Monday’s game with injured ribs. He didn’t play in Friday’s game at Cleveland, but returned to the field Sunday night for Philadelphia’s annual practice party at Lincoln Financial Field.
”I think he’s real close to 100 percent,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Monday. ”I thought he threw the ball last night just beautifully; threw it strong and aggressively. So, I think he’s ready to rock and roll. That’s my point on that. I think he’s ready to go.”
Vick has taken just 12 snaps in two preseason games and isn’t expected to play against the New York Jets in the preseason finale Thursday. The Eagles visit Cleveland in Week 1 on Sept. 9.
”I think in that ballgame that he got hurt, I think he would have played in the game if it was a regular season game,” Mornhinweg said. ”I don’t know that for sure, but that was just my thought at the time.”
The more important thought in the coordinator’s mind right now revolves around the backup quarterbacks. Philadelphia has Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and Nick Foles in the fold right now.
Foles, a rookie third-round pick from Arizona, has been impressive in the first three games. He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter and led the Eagles to a 27-10 victory over the Browns last Friday. Foles finished the victory 12 of 19 for 146 yards with one interception. He’s 36 of 57 passes for 507 yards, with six TDs and two interceptions so far.
Kafka, the incumbent backup, hasn’t played the last two games because of a hand injury. It would seem that Foles has moved up the depth chart, but Mornhinweg wasn’t ready to say it.
”That choice has not been made,” Mornhinweg said. ”We’ve got several different things to evaluate there. I certainly have great confidence in all of our quarterbacks to do all of the jobs that we would ask them to do: backup and the number three. (Quarterbacks coach) Doug Pederson has done just an outstanding job with all four of the quarterbacks.”
Kafka, a third-year pro, might even be in danger of losing his roster spot. Edwards has also been outstanding in the preseason. The 28-year-old veteran is 32 of 48 for 292 yards with two TDs and no interceptions. Edwards was 14-18 as a starter for Buffalo between 2007-10. He was released by Oakland last year and sat out the season.
”Well, we haven’t come to that decision. We’ve got some days of practice and the last preseason game to evaluate that and discuss it,” Mornhinweg said. ”We’ve got four quarterbacks here (who) really can play at a high level. Those are good things. Those are good things that you have to come to a decision on at some point here and it’s coming up pretty quick.”
The Eagles (No. 8 in the AP Pro32), who closed the regular season on a four-game winning streak last year, are 3-0 this preseason and have scored 78 points along the way.